Dragons respond after young gun avoids jail time

The Dragons say they will “work closely” with the NRL integrity unit to lay out a path forward for rising star Talatau Amone after he was spared jail time.

Instead of receiving a jail sentence for his role in a rooftop hammer attack on a tradie in Wollongong, the 21-year-old was on Monday dealt a two-year community corrections order and forced to carry out 300 hours of community service.

“The Dragons acknowledge the two-year intensive corrections order that was handed down to player Talatau Amone today,” a club statement said.

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“The club will now work closely with the NRL integrity unit to determine the appropriate next steps.

“An update will be provided once this process has been completed.”

In October, almost 12 months after being arrested, Amone was found guilty of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, stalking or intimidation and destroying or damaging property, prompting the Dragons to stand him down from all club activities.

The court heard the Dragons playmaker and his father attacked tradies with hammers after a dispute over a vehicle parked on a nature strip. One of the tradies fell two metres and suffered injuries to his wrists, arms and hip after allegedly being pushed off a roof.

Amone’s father was sentenced to a jail term of two years and six months, including a non-parole period of 12 months.

Amone pleaded his innocence throughout the saga, claiming he wasn’t involved in the incident.

The five-eighth has played 54 NRL games for the Dragons since earning his debut in 2021.

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